FAQs

General FAQ

What is All Star Code?
What does All Star Code do?
What’s the point of All Star Code?
What programs do you have?
What makes All Star Code special? Why should someone support ASC?
Why the focus on young male students of color?
What is the history and inspiration for All Star Code?
Who was Reginald F. Lewis?
How has the organization grown since its founding in 2013?

Summer Intensive FAQ

Who participates in the Summer Intensive?
Where is the Summer Intensive hosted?
Why does the SI exist?
When is the 2017 Summer Intensive?
Are non-Black and Latino students allowed?
Why coding?
Why soft skills?
How will the Summer Intensive program grow in the future?
I have an opinion with what you’re doing. How can I tell you?

General FAQ

What is All Star Code?

All Star Code is a nonprofit computer science education organization focused on motivated Black and Latino young men. Few organizations prepare this underserved group for careers in the innovation economy. Our ultimate goal is to close the wealth, income and opportunity gaps.

What does All Star Code do?

All Star Code is developing a new generation of entrepreneurs who have the tools they need to succeed in technology.

What’s the point of All Star Code?

We are creating economic opportunity.

What programs do you have?

Summer Intensive

The Summer Intensive, our flagship offering, is a free, six-week, selective program (no coding experience required) that provides our students with the skills, networks and mindset they need to become coders, makers, and entrepreneurs.

Unlike most coding programs, the Summer Intensive doesn’t just focus on Computer Science and technology; we introduce soft skills and expose them to the tech startup culture through an immersive experience inside entrepreneurial, educational and corporate spaces with inspiring guest speakers and, most importantly, fun. Students who successfully complete the Summer Intensive finish with basic web development skills, an entrepreneurial mindset and a network of peers who also love building things that matter.

Alumni Services

Once you’re an All Star, you’re an All Star for life. Under our umbrella Alumni Services, we ensure our students can go through college, life and career together, whether physically or virtually and have access to the very best educational, job and enrichment opportunities available to them.

Awareness

All Star Code raises awareness about pathways to success in tech via live events, social media, press, publications and conferences.

What makes All Star Code special? Why should someone support ASC?

  • All Star Code invests in Black and Latino high school males because while organizations for girls in computer science continue to grow, there are currently no national organizations fostering, exposing or educating young men of color for careers in the tech industry.
  • ASC has a track record of success, with 100% of our alum attending college and 35% are at top 100 national universities in the US, with 95% intending to major in CS-related subjects.
  • Additionally, nearly 60% of our students have started projects or businesses, and 90% said that participating in the Summer intensive had greatly or moderately increased their confidence in their ability to succeed in tech.
  • All Star Code is different because we believe that successful persistence in CS is most affected by changes in mindset and disposition. We build a network of support for these young men to change their mindset – giving them the confidence and resilience they need to succeed (aka entrepreneurial mindset).
  • Why the focus on young male students of color?

    With so many organizations equalizing the playing field for girls and women in tech, virtually no organizations target young men of color. Black and Latino males are significantly underrepresented in the tech industry. All Star Code is one of, if not the largest, computer science organization that specifically focuses on the unique needs of Black and Latino boys. Giving everyone access to the playing field makes the country stronger and more innovative. WIth the proper investment, these young men will become part of the future of tech.

    What is the history and inspiration for All Star Code?

    Founded in 2013 by Christina Lewis Halpern, the daughter of Reginald F. Lewis who had a pioneering career on Wall Street. Reginald F. Lewis’ career was spring-boarded by a 1965 summer program at Harvard Law School, which inspired All Star Code’s model.

    Through Christina’s research for a book on her father, she found that the thing that set her father apart from others in the program and ultimately led to his success was his mindset and the support networks around him.

    Who was Reginald F. Lewis?

    Reginald F. Lewis was an iconic figure in the history of Black business and one of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time. When he died in 1993, he was the owner and CEO of TLC Beatrice International, the largest Black-owned business in the U.S. and, according to Fortune, one of the 400 wealthiest people in America.

    How has the organization grown since its founding in 2013?

    ASC launched our inaugural SI in 2014 with 20 students in New York City and have doubled every year since. We served 80 students in 2016, and this year will double to 160 students in the SI with our inaugural cohort and pilot expansion to Pittsburgh, our first city outside of NYC.

    Prior to the Summer Intensive in 2016, All Star Code had 4 full time staff members. We have more than doubled our team over the past year with 12 full-time staff members and 2 part-time staff members, plus a group of seasonal interns to assist us during the summer.

    Summer Intensive FAQ

    Who participates in the Summer Intensive?

    Motivated high school male rising juniors and seniors of color
    The majority (78%) receive free/reduced lunch.

    Where is the Summer Intensive hosted?

    All Star Code’s Summer Intensive is hosted at tech companies, financial institutions, and otherwise enriching sites throughout New York City. We will also be piloting our first cohort in Pittsburgh, PA in Summer 2017.
    Our 2017 host sites include Facebook, Cisco, Bond Collective, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Yahoo, and MLB Advanced Media in NYC, and Chatham University in Pittsburgh.

    Why does the SI exist?

    Minorities are being left behind the tech boom: less than 10 percent of tech employees in the U.S. are African-American and Latino. The tech industry is an economic engine of the 21st century, but only 1 percent of VC-backed startups have a Black or Latino member on their founding team. There is significant need and interest already ingrained in the mid-Atlantic region, as ASC received over 600+ application for 160 spots.

    When is the 2017 Summer Intensive?

    July 10th –August 18th
    The program runs five days a week Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm.

    Are non-Black and Latino students allowed?

    Yes. All Star Code is open to young men of color from races or ethnicities that are under-represented in passing the AP Computer Science Exam – including Pacific Islander, and Native American students. Black and Latino students, whose communities have the least economic opportunity, are preferred.

    Why coding?

    We believe learning how to code teaches you how to think. It is also a gateway skill that gives anyone greater access to a suite of creative and impactful career opportunities in the 21st century economy. Technologists may not run the world, but they build the software that runs the world.

    Why soft skills?

    All Star Code believes that computer science instruction is not enough to help these young men succeed in the tech industry. We believe that positive changes in mindset and a strong network increase our students’ resilience and persistence in computer science. That is why our program focuses on not only technical skills, but also soft skills like collaboration, teamwork, networking, and other professional skills that will help our students be successful in college and ultimately the workplace.

    How will the Summer Intensive program grow in the future?

    ASC has committed to doubling the Summer Intensive every year, bringing us to 10,000 total graduates by 2022.

    I have an opinion with what you’re doing. How can I tell you?

    Whether you love or hate what we’re doing. You can find the contact information for anyone on our team here. You are also welcome to tweet us @allstarcode.